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Local community projects to be slashed by Labor.



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Warren Truss MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Federal Member for Wide Bay

Local Community Projects to be Slashed by Labor 2 November 2001

Applications by nine Wide Bay communities for funding through the Regional Solutions program will have no hope if a Labor Government was elected, Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said today.

"Labor will axe the Regional Solutions program and destroy the hopes of these disadvantaged communities seeking vital funding for community infrastructure," he said.

Communities with applications currently under consideration through the Regional Solutions Program include Gin Gin, Biloela, Goomeri, Maryborough, Theodore, Hervey Bay, Kilkivan, Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay.

"While not all of these programs are guaranteed to be successful under the Coalition Government, under Labor there is no chance any will be funded at all.

"Labor has admitted it will axe three regional programs worth $35 million this year and replace them with a new bureaucracy and committees in Canberra.

"Labor's promises new regional development funding but not until the time of the 2004 election. In the meantime, communities facing uncertain economic times will experience reduced public funding.

"Labor plans to shortchange rural and regional Australia by eliminating valuable programs which have made a real difference in the bush.

"A Federal National/Liberal Government is the only option to ensure that the interests of regional and rural communities are a Federal Government priority."